No Mask This Time Round

Child, student, lover,
spouse, parent: so many masks
tried on for size through-

out a given life.
I think about them as I
dress for breakfast, rite

of passage each day
now that I wear no mask to
speak of. I’m working up

to asking Nothing
to be my mask. I hear it’s
a name for God—-I

don’t feel godly—-but
what have I got to lose? Be-
tween us the same mask.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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